In­tro That Was The Year... 1974 Abba, Akker­man and Au­to­bahn

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

FRAMUS SPARKs OFF SOME

in­ter­est with its new Jan Akker­man semi­hol­low gui­tar de­signed by the man him­self and com­bin­ing the clas­sic Gib­son and Gretsch fea­tures that the Fo­cus gui­tarist loves. The solid spruce carved arch­top body is bound with a sin­gle f-hole and a sharp, cham­fered cut­away. It fea­tures twin Bill Lawrence hum­buck­ing pick­ups (made to Akker­man’s specs) but only two ro­tary con­trols. The pickup switch is a stan­dard three way se­lec­tor but this soon changes to a six-way ro­tary.

IN­FLUX OF MU­SI­CAL TAL­ENT AR­RIVES

in­clud­ing: Imelda May, Eric Gales, Rob­bie Wil­liams, James Blunt, Madeleine Pey­roux, An­drea Corr, Chad Kroeger, Danny Gof­fey (Su­per­grass), Adam Wake­man, Spice Girls Vic­to­ria Beck­ham and Melanie C, Jewel, Ryan Adams, Ala­nis Moris­sette, Meg White (White Stripes) and Ni­cholas McCarthy (Franz Fer­di­nand).

THROW­ING IN THE TOWEL are:

Duke Elling­ton, ‘Mama’ Cass El­liot, Nick Drake, Gra­ham Bond, Rob­bie McIn­tosh of The Av­er­age White Band and singing cow­boy Tex Rit­ter.

AT THE DOME IN BRIGHTON, Waterlo is

the win­ning song per­formed by the un­known Swedish pop group ABBA for this year’s Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test. Happy Days and the $6 Mil­lion Man pre­miere on ABC TV in Amer­ica; Yes sells out the first night at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den with­out any ad­ver­tis­ing; Mick Tay­lor quits The Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck aban­dons Beck, Bogert and Ap­pice.

HAR­MONY’S H619 SIL­HOU­ETTE GUI­TAR

is some­thing of a throw­back de­sign with an el­e­ment of the ‘50s for this twin-cut­away of­fer­ing. It’s mainly due to the scratch­plate and the cu­ri­ous ‘mous­tache’ pick­ups with ad­justable pole pieces. Its solid rose­wood body is a sub­stan­tial weight and sports a rose­wood, heightonly-ad­justable bridge and a vi­brato arm. The con­trols are in­di­vid­ual vol­ume and tone for each pickup and a three-way se­lec­tor switch..

THE EN­ERGY CRISIS forces the govern­ment

to in­tro­duce the three-day work­ing week and Bri­tish min­ers re­act with a strike; the max­i­mum speed limit on the Au­to­bahn in Ger­many is re­duced to 100 kph; Charles de Gaulle Air­port opens in Paris; and New Years Day be­comes a pub­lic hol­i­day.

FENDER PULLS THE PLUG on its Band­mas­ter

amp and cab­i­net pair­ing. The amp is bet­ter known as the Pig­gy­back Sil­ver­face, hav­ing taken over from the Black­face ver­sion in 1968. This 40-wat­ter with vi­brato and a pair of 6L6GC out­put valves has sadly ex­pe­ri­enced a lack of de­mand. The Bass­man 50 how­ever, re­ceives an up­grade with a mas­ter vol­ume be­ing added to the con­trol panel. It’s what to­day’s play­ers are want­ing.

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